The 2013 AAEA Distinguished Service Award recipient is Michael Duffy, PhD, professor of agricultural economics at Iowa State University.
“Mike’s leadership in helping beginning farmers for nearly 20 years has helped to facilitate the transfer and transition of farm operations between multiple generations,” according to Dan Zinkand, who led Duffy’s nomination effort. “He served as director of Iowa State’s Beginning Farmer Center from its establishment by the Iowa Legislature in 1994 through the end of 2012. The center may be unique in the nation, and Mike’s expertise and management has been influential not only in Iowa, but also to farm families nationwide in thinking differently and smartly about inheritance, succession and retirement.”
Each year AAEA honors an individual who is a leader and gives something back to the agricultural community with the AAEA Distinguished Service Award. This award is sponsored by ADM.
If you have questions, contact Legacy Committee Chair Larry Dreiling at email@example.com or 785-628-1117.
The selection committee seeks someone still active in agriculture rather than part of the distant past; someone who shows significant potential for becoming an agricultural leader; and someone who would consider the award meaningful, be willing to accept the award at the Agricultural Media Summit and make a short speech.
While contributions to the industry are important, service to the agricultural community is equally important. A nominee’s interests, like those of many past recipients, should include giving something back to their community.
AAEA has named a Distinguished Service Award recipient each year since 1947. AAEA Distinguished Service Award Recipients